Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialists located in Benton, Cabot, Hot Springs Village, Little Rock, North Little Rock, & White Hall, AR
The board-certified physicians at Martin Orthopedics specialize in using minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to diagnose and treat musculoskeletal disorders. The practice has offices in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs Village, Benton, Cabot, and White Hall, Arkansas, where you can meet with a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon to find out more about the benefits of arthroscopic surgery. Call the Martin Orthopedics office nearest you today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
Arthroscopic Surgery Q & A
What is arthroscopic surgery?
Arthroscopic surgery is an approach that uses minimally invasive techniques to access and view your joints.
The arthroscope your surgeon at Martin Orthopedics uses is a tubular, flexible surgical instrument. It has a light, magnifying lens, and miniature camera on one end that relays video images of the joint’s interior to a monitor in the treatment room.
Your surgeon makes a small incision for the arthroscope, avoiding the large cuts necessary in open surgery. They use the onscreen images to assess the condition of your joint and treat the cause of the problem during the same procedure.
What advantages does arthroscopic surgery offer?
Arthroscopy offers several advantages over open surgery, including:
- Smaller incisions
- Significantly less postoperative pain
- Lower risk of complications or infections
- Minimal scarring
- Shorter recovery period
In many cases, the Martin Orthopedics team performs arthroscopic surgery on an outpatient basis, so you can go home the same day.
Why might I need arthroscopic surgery?
As there are numerous causes of joint pain, your provider at Martin Orthopedics needs to diagnose your condition accurately so that they can treat it effectively. If it’s not clear what’s causing the problem even after an MRI, arthroscopy provides a way of viewing and assessing the joint remotely.
One of the key benefits of arthroscopy is that it enables your surgeon to examine the joint in detail and perform repairs in one minimally invasive process. Using arthroscopy alongside other techniques, they can also perform advanced procedures like joint replacement surgery.
What conditions can arthroscopic surgery treat?
Arthroscopic surgery is suitable for many joint conditions. Some of the disorders Martin Orthopedics treats include:
- Rotator cuff tears
- Shoulder instability
- Labral tears
- Sprained ankle
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Medial epicondylitis (golfer’s elbow)
- Meniscus tears
- Anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tears
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Achilles tendon injuries
- Chondromalacia (cartilage cushion damage)
Arthroscopic surgery is becoming increasingly important in complex procedures like joint replacement. Combining arthroscopic techniques with other methods enables your surgeon to achieve highly accurate results with minimal tissue damage.
The Martin Orthopedics team has considerable expertise in performing arthroscopic surgery. Call them today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
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